Camp Pendleton

Visiting Camp Pendleton

Tips to getting on and around “Base”

New Base Access Procedures – Effective July 9, 2018

Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton recently implemented the Defense Biometric Identification System, a new Physical Access Control System.

This new system focuses on access control procedures to ensure the protection of Active Duty personnel, residents and civilian employees. These policies are intended to help Marines accomplish their mission and keep families aboard Camp Pendleton safe, while allowing access to authorized personnel, contractor & vendors and sponsored visitors.

DoD issued ID card holders will automatically be enrolled in DBIDS after their first ID scan upon entering Camp Pendleton. DoD issued ID card holders may also sponsor visitors by using the Sponsored Visitor Roster Request below.

All unescorted visitors are required to obtain a DBIDS credential/pass in order to gain authorized access to Camp Pendleton. Unescorted visitors must be sponsored or on official business. Visitors will have their identity proofed & vetted, and be issued an appropriate DBIDS credential/pass at no cost. Visitors must obtain a DBIDS credential/pass at the Camp Pendleton Visitor Center (Bldg. 20255T). Contractors & vendors on official business must obtain a DBIDS credential/pass at Base Access Control (Bldg. 41501T).

Visitors/Contractors & Vendors can pre-enroll in DBIDS using the DBIDS pre-enrollment button below. You must have the sponsor’s name, telephone number & email address to properly pre-enroll in DBIDS.

Click here for complete information of Camp Pendleton’s Base Access Procedures.

Tips to driving on Camp Pendleton:

  • The public can enter Camp Pendleton through the San Luis Rey Gate, the Main Gate, Christianitos, and San Onofre during daylight hours.
  • Make sure you have a valid ID and proof of car insurance and registration.
  • When approaching the gate, use the visitor lane, roll your window down with ID in hand, and tell the guard specifically where you are headed. Be prepared, to have to pull over and have your information closely reviewed.
  • Once on base, FOLLOW ALL TRAFFIC LAWS.  MPs (Military Police) keep a close eye on vehicles and you will get get a ticket for even the slightest infraction.


Click here for a downloadable map to Camp Pendleton (pdf)